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Test series delayed for funeral of Phillip Hughes


Australian cricketer Phil Hughes

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes

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Australian cricketer Phil Hughes

Australia's Test series against India this winter will begin in Adelaide on December 9, Cricket Australia has confirmed.

The four-match series, originally due to start on Thursday in Brisbane, was postponed last week following the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes.

Hughes (25) was killed after being struck on the neck by a bouncer while playing in a domestic Sheffield Shield match for South Australia in Sydney.

Under the new schedule Brisbane will now host the second Test of the four-match series, starting on December 17. The game at the Adelaide Oval, Hughes' home ground, has been brought forward three days from December 12 to become the first Test.

The traditional Boxing Day Test at Melbourne remains unchanged but the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground has been put back three days to January 6.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland revealed there had been much to consider in making rearrangements and thanked all parties for their understanding. In a statement, he said: "It's very clear that playing a Test right now is just too soon and we are reacting accordingly.

"We appreciate the understanding of cricket fans around the country, particularly those in Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney during these highly difficult times."

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The funeral of Hughes will take place tomorrow at Macksville High School, which he attended.

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